Coronavirus testing labs in Karnataka cannot reveal result to patients

Bengaluru, Jun 28 (IANS): Covid testing laboratories in Karnataka cannot reveal the test result to patients directly but upload the information on the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) portal daily, said an official on Sunday.

"The Covid positive result status should not be conveyed to the individual (patient) by the authorities of the government or the private laboratories by any means," said a health official.

All government and private laboratories should upload the details of Covid positive and negative cases on the ICMR portal on a daily basis.

The laboratories should also submit the details of positive results to the concerned district surveillance officers, Covid surveillance officers, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and Bengaluru and state surveillance units.

In the event of a violation, authorities will recommend de-recognising the laboratories.

"If labs deviate from this, they would be recommended for de-recognition by BBMP," said a civic body official about labs located in the city.

Currently, more than 75 laboratories are testing the virus samples in this southern state.

So far, Karnataka has tested more than 5.81 lakh samples for Covid.



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  • Ag, Putur

    Wed, Jul 1 2020

    The patient has a right to know his or her test results and the life of individual is not belong to the government. What is the game behind hiding results.? May be a ploy by the government officials to abusing the test results and to make money which was granted to treat patients .

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  • Gopala, UK

    Mon, Jun 29 2020

    It as a violation of fundamentals of human rights. Understood it is a pandemic. However, the result is the right of the individual in the democratic world.
    What will happen if someone needs a COVID -19 clearance certificate to fly/ immigrate/ work reasons? Headless lawmakers.

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  • William DSouza, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 29 2020

    Is this means the testing is done freely, without charging patients? Even under any circumstances and more priative protective measures, patients MUST KNOW THE STITUATION/CONDITION .

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  • juliana, udupi

    Mon, Jun 29 2020

    If patient know the disease troubling, can take better care. More over, being a pandemic the surrounding people can take better care of the sick and precautions for themselves. Not revealing will result in negligence thereby make it spread to others. Names of patients suffering and died of the disease should be made public in public interest. If it is covered the spread will be more than when disclosed. Every detail should be made public regarding this disease to get valued suggestions to save lives.

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  • Rakesh Nayak, Mumbai

    Mon, Jun 29 2020

    Patient has right to know his/her medical records along with the treatment given to him as a matter of right. It is well settled principles in law.

    If the patient is above 14 years and wated to know about the health conditions one cannot deny it.

    Moreover what is the rationale behind not revealing the reports to patients. It is a violation of art 19 and art 21. Patient may be in a better position to take care of himself if the results know to him.

    Law maker should stop treating people as infants. This ruling class always under impression that they are better decisions maker when it comes someone's else own life.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Mon, Jun 29 2020

    I think there is no need of privacy anymore..
    If we know who are the positive, in my neighborhood it is better..
    There is no shame or fame.
    Because surrounding people can take precautions and remain more alert.
    From beginning itself positive patients details should have been public, if it was the case then spreadings should not have been there

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  • Reader, Kudla

    Sun, Jun 28 2020

    Any Game Behind this???

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  • Sunil, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 28 2020

    Should file RTI

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  • Jemma, Mangaluru

    Mon, Jun 29 2020

    Go ahead Be the Bold and beautiful. Read between the lines.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Jun 28 2020

    I wonder if they want to reveal to China ...

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